Iwo Jima, Good News, and Store Porch Sittin’ Privileges

“In 36 days of fighting on Iwo Jima, there were 25,851 US casualties (1 in 3 were killed or wounded). Of these, 6,825 American boys were killed. Virtually all 22,000 Japanese perished.”

Today is the anniversary of the flag raising…thanks to my friend Bob Patterson for sharing this with me. Take the time to read the account of the battle as described in the link above. Then take the time to reflect…on all of it…the then and the now.

 Good News…According to Tammy Pierce, a local Realtor, things are looking up in the real estate market around here.  I’m not in the market to buy or sell but movement in the consumer ranks is good for all of us. I, for one, feel optimistic about the survival of free enterprise. I know I’m better off than I was a year ago and I have abundant faith in the human spirit – especially the human spirit driven by the desire to produce and share. I can assure you that spirit is alive and well. Just check this out.

Store Porch Sittin’ Privileges…About the Republican debate last night: Three of the candidates spent the entire evening blasting the current administration for how it spends tax dollars; yet, they merely countered by submitting different ways they would spend the same tax dollars. As someone once told me, taxes don’t go down if politicians are involved. They just spend what we give them in different ways.

Now you’ll notice I said “three” of the candidates. That is because Senator Ron Paul was the only one who truly said, “Stop spending.” Therefore, if I could grant only one of the candidates store porch sittin’ privileges at The Crossroads Store, it would be Senator Ron Paul. I’d also ask him to dinner…he’s intelligent, to the point, and unafraid to tell the truth. How refreshing.

And if the Republican Party used their smarts, he’d be the candidate…but that’s not going to happen and I don’t even have to tell you why.

About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I teach...media writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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4 Responses to Iwo Jima, Good News, and Store Porch Sittin’ Privileges

  1. Laurie Lewis says:

    Thanks for the reminder to “Thank a Veteran” and thanks for some encouraging words! I get so tired of all the woe is me folks…

  2. C. Lee West says:

    My Uncle James Griffith, a retired Marine, was on Iwo Jima when the American Flag was raised….his duty was to protecxt the photographer who took the picture…He is included in a number of different pictures but not the actual flag raising. He has a citation from the event and was honored for his services at the visit to the World War II Memorial…Uncle James was born in the Corinth Community of Heard County about 1919…He retired from AT&T and lives in Myrtle Beach. cleewest

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